Crandell Theatre Announces Three New Board Members

Crandell Theatre, Columbia County’s historic, single-screen movie house on Main Street in Chatham, NY, announces that its Board of Directors formally welcomed new board members Ian Hooper, Julie Raskin, and Andrew Goetz this spring. Board President Lydia Kukoff shares that “over the past several years, our board has worked to strengthen the Crandell as an organization while, at the same time, expanding our program offerings. At this exciting time, as we look toward the renovation of our beloved theatre, we are thrilled to welcome Ian, Julie, and Andrew. Each of them brings unique knowledge, experience, and energy to our efforts, and we will be enriched immeasurably by their presence on our board.”

Ian Hooper has lived in Canaan, New York, since 1980, and has been enjoying movies at the Crandell for more than 40 years. Hooper’s entire career was spent in marketing communications and included advertising, direct marketing, and public relations for major national and international companies at agencies in London, Nairobi, and New York. He previously served on the board of the Royal Oak Foundation, the U.S. affiliate of The National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and currently serves on the boards of the Berkshire Botanical Garden and the Canaan Historical Society. Born and educated in London, England, Hooper came to the US in 1978 and became a U.S. citizen in 1987.

Julie Raskin is the Vice President of Finance and Accounting of WMHT Educational Telecommunications in Schenectady. She has been responsible for the financial aspects of the public television and classical radio station since 2005. Prior to joining WMHT, Ms. Raskin served as Senior Financial Analyst from at Garden Way in Troy.  Earlier at CBS in New York, Ms. Raskin served as Financial Analyst and Manager Capital. Ms. Raskin earned her MBA at the Graduate School of Business Administration at New York University and her BA at Cornell University. She currently lives in Albany.

Andrew Goetz is one half of the eponymous New York skincare brand Malin+Goetz. Founded in 2004 Malin+Goetz has become a cult favorite among its dedicated fans. Goetz began visiting Columbia County to add balance to his chaotic New York City work life and is currently in the process of renovating an 1825 Greek Revival home and surrounding farmland just north of the Village of Chatham.  Goetz is drawn to the Crandell because of his deep love for the movies and the theater’s role as a joyous community venue that brings people together.

Crandell Theatre, Inc., owns and operates the historic theater on Main Street in Chatham, NY, one of the few remaining single screen theaters in the United States and listed on the national and state registers of historic buildings. The Crandell is supported through earned revenue, memberships, individual contributions, foundations, and grants. It receives general operating support from the New York State Council on the Arts. For information concerning the Crandell, visit the or contact the Crandell Office at 518-392-3445.